A traffic plan has been formulated for each terminal and surrounding area, including measures to minimise any possible inconvenience resulting from trucks. This traffic plan aims to keep local and regional traffic moving. We will be doing this by guiding freight traffic that does not have the necessary paperwork to designated parking sites and preventing queue formation at the terminals.
Development of buffer parking sites
Rijkswaterstaat, together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Municipality of Vlaardingen, the Municipality of Velsen and the Province of South Holland, is creating 6 new buffer parking sites. All these temporary locations will be provided with fencing, lighting, sanitary facilities and security. Of the approximately 54 million tonnes of freight that is traded annually between the UK and the Netherlands, around 40 million tonnes pass through the port of Rotterdam, and in particular via ferry and short-sea crossings. As soon as Brexit becomes reality, the Dutch sea ports will form an outer border between the EU and the UK. For freight traffic via the Dutch ports, this will mean the inevitable customs formalities. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, these will come into force immediately.
Rotterdam and Vlaardingen
The Municipality of Rotterdam has realised the Oranjeheuvel site on the northern bank in Hoek van Holland. This site is close to the Hoek van Holland ferry terminal. Rijkswaterstaat has realised space for around 200 trucks there. In Maasdijk, in the municipality of Westland, Rijkswaterstaat has created a buffer site for around 24 trucks. In the Municipality of Vlaardingen, 80 spaces are being created on the DFDS site. A secondary holding site is being created on Waterleidingstraat for around 80 trucks.
On the southern bank, buffer parking sites are being created on Moezelweg contracted by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The largest site on Moezelweg will provide space for approximately 280 trucks. This site is in the vicinity of the ferry and short-sea terminals that operate out of the Europoort and Rozenburg port areas. The site can easily be reached from the A15 motorway, from both the easterly and westerly directions.
Rijkswaterstaat, the Municipality of Velsen and Sea Port IJmuiden are together establishing a parking site in the ‘Blokkenterrein’ (Rijkswaterstaat storage area) on Zandvoortstraat in IJmuiden. Truck drivers can use this temporary location to liaise with their client or transport planner to ensure that they can complete the necessary formalities without causing parking and other inconvenience. The temporary parking area can accommodate 45 trucks.